Keeping birds from grapes

We absolutely have to get our bird netting on the grape vines this week. The grapes have been turning purple very quickly and are getting sweeter by the day. That whole process  of ripening is known as veraison  in the winemaking world. But for me and the neighborhood birds, it’s just plain ripening. The birds … Continue Reading →

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service

I was fortunate to visit three of our nation’s greatest treasures in the past year. From roaming buffalo, erupting geysers and cascading waterfalls in Yellowstone and soaring red rocks in Zion to dramatic granite formations and waterfalls in Yosemite, our national parks are truly awe-inspiring. Today marks the centennial of the day, Aug. 25, 1916, … Continue Reading →

Dealing with powdery mildew on pumpkins

Growing pumpkins and squash has changed since the early days early days of my career. Back then, pumpkins rarely had any problems whatsoever. You could just plant some seeds, keep the patch weeded and you were pretty much guaranteed a fine crop. This year demonstrates how times have changed. In addition to the squash vine … Continue Reading →

Heart Mountain internment site marks 5th anniversary as historic landmark and museum

George Takei, the “Star Trek” actor turned social activist and Internet celebrity, paid a poignant visit this month to Wyoming’s Heart Mountain, site of a confinement center for Japanese-Americans rounded up by the United States government during World War II. Though the site is located near Cody, just 65 miles from Yellowstone National Park, it was … Continue Reading →

Turtle eggs in the garden

There’s a corner of the garden that I rototilled earlier this spring but never got planted so the weeds were really out of control. I decided today it was time to re-till the area and do something with it. It was a real struggle to get the tiller to knock down those tall weeds but … Continue Reading →